Traverse City Record-Eagle

Opinion

January 8, 2014

Another View: Benefits need to be reinstated at once

It was disappointing to see Congress adjourn for the holidays without ... (reaching) an agreement to extend unemployment benefits for more than a million U.S. citizens, including 1,400 in the Upper Peninsula ...

Not only are jobless residents ... searching for a job, but the added stress of making the holidays more joyful ... was compounded by losing their unemployment benefits.

According to a recent report, the end of the extended federal unemployment benefits affects about 43,311 Michigan residents, with the U.P. accounting for about 3 percent of that total.

Of the U.P.’s 15 counties, Marquette County had the highest number of residents impacted with 287. Keweenaw County had the fewest with nine. Alger County had 33; Baraga County, 38; Delta County, 154 and Houghton County, 161.

Another 85,500 Michigan residents are expected to lose their coverage during the first six months of this year.

Nationwide, about 1.3 million people lost their benefits ...

By ending the federal government’s “emergency unemployment compensation,” longtime unemployed people lost their average monthly stipend of $1,166. ...

When Congress reconvenes ... we hope Michigan’s senators and representatives work hard to (reinstate) extended federal benefits ...

The Mining Journal, Marquette

 

 

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